Aboriginal News Aboriginal Way – National Indigenous Radio Service (NIRS)



Story 1

The Torres Strait Regional Authority is reportedly concerned about a cost blow-out of sea wall restoration works on Saibai and Boigu Islands.

Both Queensland and Federal Governments have promised funding after a long campaign for the project by locals to prevent tidal inundation of low-lying islands.

Editor of Torres News, Aaron Smith, has been covering the story and told Bumma Bippera Media cost estimates for the project could fall well short of the eventual total.


Story 2

One of the nation’s most important figures in Aboriginal health says the Federal Government needs to guarantee action on reducing suicide rates.

Cassandra Tim has more.


Story 3

To Western Australia’s Kimberley,

A women’s domestic violence refuge at Fitzroy Crossing that’s had its funding slashed has turned to photography in the campaign to save the centre.

The Marninwarntikura Centre will lose 40 per cent of its funding, but a project taking portraits of local women and having them tell their stories is aiming to reverse the decision.

Centre spokesperson Jane Pedersen says it’s wrong of the state Department of Child Protection to have cut the funding based on statistical review.


Story 4

The Weather Bureau says Queensland could be facing its third cyclone warning in a week.

A senior forecaster says they’re closely monitoring a tropical low near the Northern Territory-Queensland border.

Mathew Bass says the system is likely to enter the far southern Gulf of Carpentaria water tonight and may become a cyclone near Mornington Island late today or tomorrow.


Story 5

The Dean of Indigenous Education at the University of Adelaide says remote community schools should be receiving more experienced teachers.

Lester Irabinna-Rigney says too often, young and inexperienced teachers are being sent out to deal with challenging conditions in remote communities and as a result, children’s education suffers.

He says bringing the best teachers to the most disadvantaged areas will improve educational outcomes.

Story 6

The Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, has stepped up to the defence of the Indigenous Advisor Council.

The Council has received repeated criticism since it was set up by the Prime Minister for being unrepresentative of and not able to speak for First Nations communities.

But Senator Scullion told Bumma Bippera Media it’s not meant to be a representative body.


Story 7

Non-profit eye health organisation Onesight has secured a partnership with prominent eyewear company Ray-Ban to launch a new initiative to promote health among our mob.

Onesight is calling on Indigenous artists to submit designs for a competition for a new look for Ray-Ban’s iconic Wayfarer collection.

With Indigenous Australians six times more likely to become blind and cataract rates 12 times higher than non-Indigenous adults, it’s hoped the initiative will raise money for eye health.

A spokesperson for Onesight, which runs operations in remote and rural communities, says 50 dollars of every purchase will go towards the organisation’s programs.

Story 8

The Australian Mines and Minerals Association say a lack of clarity around anti-discrimination laws is preventing some companies from advertising Indigenous-specific jobs.

Executive Director Scott Barklamb says he’s brought up the issue in the organisation’s submission to the Government’s Indigenous employment review.

Mr. Barklamb says the resource industry wants to remove barriers from employing Aboriginal people.


Story 9

To the Torres Strait,

Badu Islanders have been granted almost 10,000 hectares of their land as freehold in a formal handover ceremony at the weekend.

The Queensland Natural Resources Minister, Andrew Cripps, says the grant is set to give cultural and economic benefits to residents and will make it easier for locals to own their home.

He says freehold title will give full responsibility to locals to manage the land into the future.

Story 10

To New South Wales,

The Gundungurra Aboriginal Heritage Association says they hope to have other sites in the Blue Mountains declared as Aboriginal places.

Recently, the state Government announced the Three Sisters landmark would become the 98th site declared in New South Wales.

Gundungurra elder Sharyn Halls says the Three Sisters has significant cultural value to First Nations groups, but they want the Government to go further and recognise other significant places.


Story 11

A Wotjobaluk man and University of Melbourne health expert says there hasn’t been enough research into brain diseases among our communities.

Dr. Shayne Bellingham is currently researching the link between genetics and brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

He recently received a Bellberry Indigenous Health Research Fellow grant to continue his studies.

Dr. Bellingham says although his research isn’t specific to Aboriginal communities, he feels it can be beneficial for diagnosing brain diseases among our people.


Story 12

The Chair of South Australia’s Narrunga Peoples, Tauto Sansbury, is championing a petition calling for a Treaty.

The issue of a Treaty signed by Indigenous nations with either the British or Australian Governments has been in the spotlight recently, after a call by Government advisor Warren Mundine.

At the weekend, right-wing Daily Telegraph political analyst Piers Ackerman, in an opinion article, urged the Prime Minister not to contemplate a Treaty.

Mr Sansbury says our mob can only be served justly by a Treaty and anything less is a disservice to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.


Kind Regards,

Michelle Tuahine | News Director

Gangulu/Ngati Kahungunu
NIRS | National Indigenous Radio Service
Lvl 2 / 2 Ambleside Street, West End QLD 4101
Phone: 07 3226 4200 | Email: michelle@nirs.org.au

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About the National Indigenous Radio Service

The National Indigenous Radio Service Limited (NIRS) is a national program distribution service that delivers four radio channels of content produced by First Nations broadcasters via satellite distribution and via the internet.

Operating from a central hub in Brisbane, NIRS receives programs from a majority of the 180+ First Nations broadcasting services across Australia.

Arguably, the NIRS satellite footprint is the largest for a First Nations radio network in the southern hemisphere, if not the world.  Given this, NIRS and its programs are unique within the Australian media environment.  Over 120 Remote Indigenous Broadcasting Services (RIBS) units, 23 Indigenous radio stations and 120 Community Broadcastes receive NIRS. To learn more about our network simply explore our new Google Map interface which show where each and every radio station is located, its website details and even includes a streaming link in some cases.

The reason why NIRS is so important to the sector is because many First Nations broadcasters haven’t the funding support to produce programs for 24/7 broadcasting or possess the funding to employ the number announcers ad producers to make enough high quality programs to support their local community audiences with the style of program that closes the gap.

So for some 15 years, NIRS has delivered its ecletic mix of broadcast programs and a national news service delivered via satellite that all major metropolitan, regional and remote communities via their Remote Indigenous Media Organisations (RIMOs) can receive and add into their regional broadcast schedules.

In this way, NIRS is dedicated to facilitating First Nations voices through broadcasting and internet radio.  We achieve this by a mix of  programs that provides critical commentary of the strategies directed towards our communities that seek to preserve, promote and maintain First Nations arts, culture, languages and community values.  Most particularly, NIRS discusses ‘Closing the Gap’ initiatives that are aimed at achieving quality of life improvements for First Nations communities across Australia.

NIRS also encourages aspirant First Nations broadcasters and RIBS to send their own programs that can be shared and thus opening a “window” to local community issues to a national audience.

For Broadcasters

For broadcasters who meet the licensing and equipment requirements but lack the funds or resources to provide a full 24-hour service, NIRS will enable them to fill any holes in their schedule with our continuous programming.  For community broadcasters who access air time through a CBAA affiliate station, NIRS will provide the opportunity for these areas to hear national Indigenous issues, as well as enabling them to boost local airtime.

The Australia Indigenous Communication Association is also a great way of making contact with First Nations Broadcasters:


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